Growing Our Own

We're thrilled to announce our partnership with BloomBoard to offer a groundbreaking Teacher Apprenticeship program focused on elementary education. This on-the-job program is designed to empower participants to complete the 60 credit hours necessary to earn a fully accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education or Intervention Specialist, along with official teaching certification from a partner college in Illinois.

Program Highlights:

  • Earn Your Degree and Teacher Certification on the Job: With our program, you can continue working while pursuing your education and certification, making the transition smoother and more manageable.
  • Gain Skills and Teaching Experience Through Portfolio-Based Learning: Our portfolio-based approach allows you to showcase your skills and knowledge gained through hands-on experience, providing a comprehensive learning experience that goes beyond traditional coursework.
  • Career and Salary Advancement: By earning your bachelor's degree and official teaching certification, you open doors to career advancement opportunities and potential salary increases, empowering you to progress in your professional journey.

Candidate Criteria:

  • Associate’s Degree: Have an associate’s degree to qualify for the program.
  • Paraprofessional Experience: Be currently employed as a paraprofessional in a District 88 school with access to classrooms.
  • Passion for Teaching: Demonstrate a strong desire to become a certified teacher and make a positive impact in education.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to pursue your dream of becoming a certified teacher. Apply now and take the first step towards a rewarding career in education with Bellwood School District 88's Teacher Certification Program! 

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